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, anne-marie slaughter and ian bremer who i will ask to gaze into their crystal balls. will assad fall, will israel bomb iran, and will the euro zone finally break apart? >>> then the fiscal cliff. the view from across the pond. how did our political process look from a perch overseas and what will it all mean for the u.s. economy and the global economy? >>> also, will this be india's awakening? the nation confronts its own dark corners after a despicable deadly act. i'll look at some parallels with america's recent tragic school shooting. >>> first, here's my take. the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is a small victory for sanity, but what it says about the future is somewhat bleak. washington will probably lurch from crisis to crisis kicking problems forward and placing band aids small solutions on those it does address. there will likely be no large-scale initiative on tax reform, entitlement reform, energy policy, probably even immigration reform and this is the real worry. because beyond the self-inflicted crisis of the cliff and the forthcoming debt ceiling, the united states face
is assad. you thought last year he would have fallen by now. most people did. it looks like a better prediction this year, but it seems as though it's even conceivable that he could wait out 2013 or no? >> no, i don't think so. i would say he hasn't fallen yet, but we're now into the end game where it's clear he's going to fall and just a question of how long, not just we're predicting, we want him out, but he really is on his way out. i don't think there is any way he will survive 2013, but i'm not convinced there will be a government to replace him by the end of 2013. >> why has he stayed there as long? i was more skeptical that he would fall quickly and the reason was simple. a very strong army and they have been incredibly brutal in their willingness to use it against the rebels. >> that's part of it. it's a real state. this is not like -- this is a real state but look what happened to the sunnis in iraq. they took their cue from that. they know it's not going to be pretty aftermath and they had external support. the russians and the chinese diplomatically and the iranians milita
>> this is the journal" -- "journal" from dw. syrian president bashar al-assad comes up with a peace plan that his opponents say is nothing. in sports news, we will have more of that coming up. the conflict in syria has been going on for close to two years. experts say the end is still a very long way away. refugees continue to flow over to the borders into neighboring nations. jordan says it has 9000 in just the past week, mostly women and children. syria's leader has made it no place for joy. it was his first public speech in more than a year. president assad refuses to talk to the opposition, whom he calls puppets created by the west. opponents say the speech was designed to avoid a diplomatic solution to the civil war. >> bashar al-assad took center stage at the damascus opera house. fighting rages on the outskirts of the capital, but his forces still hold the city center. in his address, the syrian president maintain the defiant rhetoric he has since the start of the conflict. he accused foreign powers and terrorists of meddling in the syrian affairs. >> revolutiona
of damascus where rebels have pushed out troops loyal to president assad. to the north, around 00 men, -- 100 men, women, and children had paid smugglers to take them across be the border to turkey but were deported. this from one of the largest refugee camps. >> this is one of the largest refugee camps in turkey. a container city along the border with syria. the cubicles are equipped with running water, heaters and air conditioning. the 13,000 refugees living here don't have to worry about the cold or floods. but for most, it's still a long way from the comforts of home. >> we can't wait to go back home. but, look, we have been abandoned. we thought it was going to be a matter of three months. the world is against us much the arab world, the west, the arab league, they have all left us on our own. >> this man and his family may be luckier than those trapped inside syria or the thousands of refugees facing tougher conditions in jordan and lebanon, but any time they watch the news, they are distressed. >> the scenes of the refugees facing cold are heartbreaking. these are children. i cannot fi
assad in months. tonight we asked alex marquardt to read between the lines. is this a leader who thinks he can survive? >> reporter: president assad mobbed by supporters at his first address to the nation in over half a year. in front of the faces of soldiers who had died, he slammed the west and called for political dialogue to end almost two years of war. regional and western states should stop furnding, arming and sheltering rebels, he said, who should also stop all acts of terrorism. assad said the military would then stop fighting and peace talks could start. we will negotiate with the ones that are behind those puppets, he said. we want a dialogue with the master, not with the servants. the united nations says the civil war has left more than 60,000 syrians dead. in his only interview with american media during this conflict, assad told abc's barbara walters that his forces targeted terrorists, not civilian protesters. >> what is the misconception if there is any, about the protests? >> we don't kill our people. nobody kills -- no government in the world kills its people unless --
president biden. the magazine stands by its reporting. >>> now to syria where president assad addressed his nation in a rare speech just moments ago since the embattled president's last address in june, tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. more than 60,000 people have been killed across the country and the new year looks to be ushering in the same bloodshed and violence. mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. if you can, break down what he had to say. >> good morning, randi. what we heard was a defiant reporting a lot of the same rhetoric that we heard from him when he's given speeches. rarely he has given them the last couple years but when he's given them or given interviews he disputed the notion that there was even a revolution going on in syria. he talked about how there was no fight in syria between the opposition and government forces, rather, it was between syria and its enemies. here's more of what he had to say specifically on that point. >> they are calling it a revolution. but it is not a revolution. revolutions need int
a new peace proposal from syrian president ba bash sar assad. calling for assad to step aside saying his claim is an attempt at staying in power. the u.n. estimates the up rising that began against assad's regime nearly two years ago claimed at least 60,000 4r50i6s. i am mary ann raf perrafferty. you are watching the most powerful name in news, fox news channel. huckabee. >> in 1986 this woman was walking to work in new york. she passed an 11-year-old boy named maurice who said he was hungry and he asked her for money to buy food. she kept walking but then stopped and walked back to morris and offered to take him to mcdonalds for a burger. his mom was on drug and his dad in a street gaining. she knew he needed more than just a meal that afternoon. for the next four years they met every monday for lunch and today, after 26 years, they consider each other family. their story is told in a remarkable new book called the invisible thread. one welcome laura and maurice. [applause] >> this is one of the most touching and inspiring stories that i have read in a long time. the book is fantastic.
. troops that are level to assad have captured most of the strategic suburb in the capital of damascus. since the uprising in syria begin two years ago, united nations says 60,000 people have been killed. this year the u.n. envoy dealing with syria predicts the total to hit 100,000. as all this violence rages more than 50 countries or calling on the security council to bring in the international criminal court. corner powell is live with the latest. >> reporter: a letter will be handed over to the u.n. security council referring syria to the international criminal court. with this move it opens up syrian leaders for prosecution for war crimes. as the diplomatic move is occurring the violence in syria is also still maintaining the same type of brutal pace we've seen over the course of the last two-year. syrian rebels say they have captured a base in the north. assad regime has used air power to bomb civilians across syria. rebels rocket launchers and tanks and with the capture of this air base they will be able to limit the number of air strikes that syrian jets are able to launch in no
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
headlines, we have a fox news alert. syrian president assad a rare speech, first time since june he has addressed the public on the state of civil war in his country and assad is standing firm saying he will not step down, and all enemies of syria will quote, go to hell. the speech comes, and that's-- as syrian rebels are closer to the capital of damascus, 60,000 syrians have died during this two-year war. alabama teenager is behind bars in morning, arrested for plotting to blow up his high school. this is an all too familiar story. police say that the 17-year-old self-proclaimed white premises out to get a teacher and six other students and a teacher found his notebook and police found explosives in his home all set to go. >> and he could have gotten-- got out of there-- >> police say they think he learned to make the bomb from the internet. is justin bieber starting the new year off on a high note? tmz publishing picture they claim this is reportedly the singer smoking pot at a party in california. the biebs, he responded to pictures saying every day, growing and learning, trying to b
with syria's al-assad, with il when he was alive and also, with all of the dictators who seek to harm u.s. interests and our allies. he wants further engagement with them. he doesn't think that we should penalize those dictators and that harms u.s. national security interests. >> kelly: i understand, but if i may-- if i understand, let me point out something that mr. hagel said himself in a recent interview with the "lincoln journal star" which of course is a newspaper in his home state of nebraska. mr. hagel wanted to describe his views as quote, unequivocal, total support for israel and said the distortions about my record, he said, have been astounding. how do you respond to that? does that give you some assurance? because he went on to say that hanging out there in no man's land and follows distortions. what's your response to that? >> that's really such a victimhood kind of response. this man is quite able to respond to this criticism. he can say why he didn't sign a letter expressing solidarity with israel, motherhood and apple pie. why he voted against iran sanctions? he's got at
over the country. >>> in syria president bashar al assad addressed the nation in a rare speech this morning. his last address was six months ago, but not much has really changed in his eyes. he, again, stood firms against calls around the world for him to step down blaming a conspiracy for his country's turmoil and incessant bloodshed. according to u.n. reports, in nearly two years of fighting, more than 60,000 syrians have been killed. >> there's some good news this morning for hockey fans. it seems that a tentative agreement has been reached that could save the season. the deal comes after an all-night negotiating session that lasted 16 hours. any new collective bargaining agreement still has to be approved by the players and owners before the puck drops again. more than 500 games have been cancelled. >>> shell oil says the drilling rig that ran aground off alaska's southern coast is ready to be towed away. the company says there's no evidence of leaking oil, and the fuel tank appear intact. the rig was being towed back to its winter home in seattle and ran into a severe stor
guys were our guys are gone, like mubarak. probably, probably assad is also a goner. such a nice plate -- place like tunisia has gone islamic. qatar, one of the greatest dependence of the united states is turning towards the extremists. hamas attack on israel is not out of the blue. it comes out of that strategic, change strategic map. so here we are being reminded once more, the careful what you wish for. we want a democracy. we seem to be getting islamization, and thus to the middle east movement that is not, say, friendly towards the west let alone towards israel. so what do we do until the good guys really become good guys, and to islamists become good liberal democrats? and didn't we at the very harsh harsh question i'm asking, didn't we do better with the mubarak's for the last 40 years? >> let me just responds very quickly which some of us -- summons us back to 2002001, 2002 to try to insert in our foreign aid to egypt, money for economic development in the for human rights, for other reforms that we felt were very necessary because obviously the nature of the mubarak government
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